Note from BW of Brazil: In the past, the BW of Brazil blog has covered triumphs, disappointments, stories and photos of Brazilian athletes. For example, the triumph of the 2012 gold-winning women’s volleyball team in the London, the recent world championship Judo victory of Rafaela Silva after her Olympic disappointment in 2012 as well as the 4 x 100 relay team’s setting of a record for South American teams in the Olympics. Today’s post is in some ways about performance but also the vanity that comes with such performance. It seems that American reality TV star Khloe Kardashian wasn’t feeling the mood to get in the gym on one particular day until she saw the what the gym had done for Brazilian track and field athlete Lucimara Silvestre. There are several ways that this post could be interpreted. 1) Athletic discipline and dedication can help one achieve physical results as well as an achievement of a goal, 2) As in Kardashian’s case, it can inspire other women to achieve or at least put forth their best effort, 3) No doubt there will be men who will appreciate the work Lucimara has put in and 4) Due to the results of her doping tests a few years ago, the question of “at what cost” is necessary just in order to keep up with the competition or get a slight edge again arises. No doubt Lucimara worked hard to achieve what she’s earned, but in the world we live in, particularly in athletic performance and beauty, is the natural way to succeed simply not realistic anymore? However you see these issues, here’s how the Kardashian/Lucimara story went down yesterday.
American star posted photo of Lucimara Silvestre’s body before going to the gym
American star posted photo of the body of Olympic athlete Lucimara Silvestre before going to the gym
Athlete Lucimara Silvestre is undergoing a different experience. Unaccustomed to the spotlight, the Brazilian heptathlon has been the target of unprecedented media for another reason. Seven months pregnant, she had her body widely praised by American star Khloé Kardashian.
Through Instagram, the TV personality put the photo of the Lucimara’s butt and said she got the motivation she needed to ‘face’ the gym.
“I wasn’t going to the gym today, but I saw this and now I am fully motivated,” published Khloe.
A gold medalist in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011, Lucimara Silvestre contended in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when she came in 17th place, establishing the South American record in this category.
Note from BW of Brazil: Below is a bio and career overview of Lucimara. For full sources please see the original article here.
Lucimara Silvestre da Silva (born 10 July 1985 in Lucélia, São Paulo) is a Brazilian track and field athlete who competes in the heptathlon. She represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and competed at the World Championships in Athletics in 2007. Her personal best of 6076 points is the South American record for the event.
Following her first national title in 2005, da Silva emerged in 2007; she won the South American Championships with a meet record score and took the bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. She repeated as the continental champion in 2009, but was stripped of the title and banned for two years after she failed a drug test for the banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO).
She began her career as a specialist in the 100 meters hurdles and horizontal jumps. She was the sprint hurdles champion and long jump runner-up at the 2002 South American Youth Championships in Athletics and went on to win the hurdles at the 2003 South American Junior Championships in Athletics, where she was also fifth in the triple jump. She took up the heptathlon in 2004 and made her breakthrough at the national level the following year, winning the Brazil championships with a personal best of 5378 points.
In her first international appearance in the combined events, she came in fourth overall at the 2005 South American Championships in Athletics. The following year she competed in Europe for the first time, gaining 4584 points at the Multistars meet in Desenzano del Garda. She improved her best to 5611 points on home turf in São Paulo and demonstrated her versatility at the 2006 Lusophony Games the following month, claiming the hurdles title and helping the Brazilian women to gold medals in the 100 and 400 m relay events.
Following a personal best score of 5897 points for fourth at the 2007 Multistars meeting, her first continental title came at the 2007 South American Championships in Athletics in São Paulo. Her mark of 5803 points was a new championship record and she also managed a bronze medal in the 100 m hurdles at the competition. She scored over 5800 points again at July’s Pan American Games and claimed the bronze medal behind Jessica Zelinka and Gretchen Quintana. As her continent’s only representative in the women’s heptathlon at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, she finished in 31st place.
Da Silva achieved the Olympic qualifying standard in April 2008, setting a best of 5906 points in Rio de Janeiro. She won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2008 Ibero-American Championships, but did not fare as well at the national championships later that month, as she ended up in fourth. Representing Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she came seventeenth in the heptathlon event but broke Conceição Geremias’ 25-year-old South American record with her total of 6076 points.
She won at the Brazilian Championships in 2009 with a score of 5884 points and then improved her own meet record to win the 2009 South American Championships in Athletics. However, this mark did not stand as she had failed a doping test in the days prior to the competition, testing positive for the banned substance Recombinant EPO. Her coach, Jayme Netto, admitted that he had administered the drug on a number of his athletes. She was stripped of her South American title and banned from the sport for two years for the doping infraction.